Jaime Snider and Countin Hot Checks * Photo by Seth Petit

Countin Hot Checks NCHA Open World Champion after Exceptional Year

Coming into the final round of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open World Finals presented by Broke Spur Ranch with a lead exceeding $46,000, Countin Hot Checks (Hottish x Cat Countin Checks x Im Countin Checks) and Jaime Snider took home the 2023 world title Saturday, December 2 in the Watt Arena at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The seven year old sorrel stallion is both bred and owned by Jamie Hill from Bastrop, Texas.

Not only did the dynamic pair clinch the world championship, but their 234-point run in round four of the show brought their year’s total earnings up to $119,334.75 and earned a third-place show finish. This was the last time to show Countin Hot Checks, the day was both emotional and full of excitement for Snider and his family.

“This was the last time to show him, so it was a little bittersweet in a lot of areas,” Snider said. “I just wanted to go out on a good note for him, and I mean, I couldn’t have planned it any better. It just worked out unreal.”

A horse that thrives off cheers and support, the crowd roared for Countin Hot Checks as the duo, fifth in the working order, made their run with a great support system backing them. 

“We had four or five cows, and we cut three of them; and it just worked. He likes when the crowd gets into it. He just catches another gear, and I can’t say enough about him. That’s the 101st or 102nd run this year; and to go out like that, it’s just so special,” Snider said. “I’ve got a huge support system. My wife is unreal. My kids, we’ve been going all year. And Jamie Hill – without her, there’s no way we could do any of this. My family, my parents, my in-laws, the help at home, the help at the shows – I mean, it takes a village, and I’m very lucky to have who I have.”

Two horses became co-champions of the show, Kat Play (Kit Kat Sugar x NQH Shadow Play x Playgun) ridden by Monty Buntin and Countess Catrina (Im Countin Checks x Catrina Starlight x High Brow Cat) ridden by Cade Shepard, a sorrel mare bred and owned by Amanda & Rhein Standish. Kat Play is a seven year old sorrel gelding bred by Jim & Gay Karhan, owned by Dacole Investment Company and now the reserve world champion, as well as the world champion gelding.

Third in the world standings after it was all said and done, Peeptos Cat (Cat Ichi x Little Brow Peepto x Peptoboonsmal) earned the title of world champion mare with more than $63,000 in total earnings and a final round score of 222.5. Bred by Peter and Nora Stent and owned by Christine King, Mike Wood held the reins of the 12 year old red roan mare.